Shamima Begum: The Sensitive Case of IS Returnees

Aug 10, 2020

Born in the UK to Bangladeshi parents, Shamima Begum left London as a 15-year-old in 2015. Using her British passport, she traveled to Turkey with two of her friends from school. From there, Begum and her friends crossed into Syria, where they met their Islamic State (IS) contacts. While in Syria,...

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence
Jul 08, 2020

Iraq Has a Unique Opportunity to Limit Iranian Influence

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone
May 07, 2020

Iraq Faces Insecurity Alone

What Departing From Iraq Would Mean
May 06, 2020

What Departing From Iraq Would Mean

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Will the US-Taliban Deal Bring Peace to Afghanistan?

Mar 02, 2020

After a week-long reduction in violence to test the Taliban’s ability to control their fighters on the ground in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban signed their long-awaited peace agreement on February 29 in Qatar’s capital, Doha. The deal, officially titled the Agreement for Bringing Peace...

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Foreign Fighters and the Global War for White Supremacy

Feb 18, 2020

A 1975 article in British Patriot magazine tells the story of John Coey, a 24-year-old college graduate from Ohio who was killed fighting for the continuation of white supremacy in the unrecognized state of Rhodesia. A member of the National Socialist White People’s Party (previously American...

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

With the Collapse of a Right-Wing Coalition, Has Norway Turned Its Populist Tide?

Feb 05, 2020

The radical-right Progress Party (FRP) withdrew from Norway's coalition government on January 20. This is a big defeat for FRP leader Siv Jensen, whose big ambition was to prove his party was koalitionsfähig, or "coalition capable." After six years in government, the conflict between the populist...

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Why a Troop Drawdown in Africa Is Exactly the Wrong Approach

Jan 21, 2020

On December 24, 2019, The New York Times reported that Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper is weighing proposals for a major reduction — or even a complete pullout — of US forces from West Africa. This is the first phase of reviewing deployments that could reshuffle thousands of troops worldwide...

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Who Wins and Loses in the Middle East?

Jan 10, 2020

Following Iran’s missile attacks on a two US airbase, one outside Baghdad and the second near Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, US President Donald Trump almost triumphantly announced that Iran is now standing down in their the two countries’ intensified conflict following the killing of Quds Force...

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Will Iran and the US Go to War?

Jan 08, 2020

The assassination of the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani, by the United States on January 3, along with his right-hand man in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, was a surprising move for many. Soleimani’s assassination increased pressure on President Donald Trump in...

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Nov 22, 2019

It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.”  This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, "Billy the Kid." But the speaker, sheriff William...

Turkey’s Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Turkey's Plan in Syria: Squash Dreams of Kurdish Autonomy

Nov 12, 2019

As the Arab Spring morphed into a bloody civil war in Syria in 2011, there was an opportunity for the country’s Kurdish movement to establish, develop and consolidate an autonomous administration. Kurds in Syria have been under long-time oppression by the government of both Hafez al-Assad and...

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

The Islamic State and Donald Trump’s Delusion

Nov 01, 2019

Even before the recent raid that resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the erstwhile head of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), US President Donald Trump had spoken of how he had single-handedly defeated the caliphate. “Now, when I came, the caliphate was all over the place,” the...

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?

Can Iraq’s New Foreign Policy Approach Succeed?

Oct 30, 2019

Since October 2018, when the new Iraqi government took office, President Barham Saleh and Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi highlighted that the war-torn country was never again to be involved in regional disputes and that it was time for a new political order. President Saleh defines Iraq's future...

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